Berryville opens with loss on road at Shiloh
Going on the road to face the Shiloh Christian Lady Saints wasn't an easy way for the Berryville Lady Bobcats to start the volleyball season. Shiloh Christian defeated Berryville 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 on Tuesday.
"We didn't play great in the first match of the season," Berryville coach Kristin Whetham said. "We are going up against a group of girls that plays year-round together so they are more fundamentally sound than we are. We figured out things that we need to work on as far as fundamentals go. Overall, I was happy with our scores. We scored 19 on them. We scored 17 on them. We scored 18 on them. That is better than what we did last year on them."
Whetham said junior Kelcee Hopper stood out for the Lady Bobcats.
"I thought she came out ready to go," Whetham said. "She was listening to what I was wanting done and she did it. Our first couple sets, we weren't getting the blocks. Going into that third set, I looked at her and told her she needed to slow down the ball coming at us. She stepped up. She got more touches and more blocks in that set than she did in the first two sets. She really stepped up and played well, I thought."
As the first match of the season, Whetham said this will be a good way to measure how much the Lady Bobcats improve throughout the year.
"If we get better throughout our season, come in and fix those fundamental things that we really need to work on and get done, I think that when we face them again it could be a different story," Whetham said.
The Lady Bobcats won’t face Shiloh Christian again until the district tournament at the end of the year. Between now and then, Whetham knows there are plenty of things the Lady Bobcats need to get better at.
"Passing and setting are are two things that we need to improve on," Whetham said. "Our serve-receive passing isn't bad, but we can always get better at passing. Our setting comes from our passing. If we can't get the ball where we need it to our setter, then it's hard for us to set the ball."
Berryville hosted Blue Eye, Mo., on Thursday.